DESIGN 102G Design Futures

DESIGN 102G | Open | Semester One & Two 2021| City Campus | 15 points

Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Design conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.


How and why do design practices evolve, respond to and influence change? In this course students learn how to apply a design approach to complement current practice and expand future career prospects. It offers insight into what motivates designers, what tools they use, and how they collaborate with others in diverse contexts. They will learn how to speculate on the potential conditions, causes and contingencies for future design practices. Students will also apply analytical and practical methods to design.

Learning Outcomes

Students will: 

  • learn how designers adapt models and methods to local and global conditions;
  • develop their own criteria for design success and failure; 
  • explore the links between science, fiction and speculative design as a way to imagine futures;
  • consider how technological, political and environmental challenges influence design;
  • participate in workshops on how to develop and prototype design concepts.

Student Feedback

'The lectures were very informative and engaging. Coming from a perspective of having a little bit of previous knowledge in Design, I felt that the lectures were easy enough to understand clearly for those without design knowledge, but also interesting and informative so that those who have knowledge could still learn new things.'

'Learning about new design (and how to possibly apply that into hands–on work) and meeting real designers from the industry was most helpful for me in this course.'

'The lecturers were really supportive and helpful, they always gave feedback on my work and made sure to ask me individually if I needed any assistance.'

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